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Old newspaper headline The End of the Castell Coch Inn - The Evening Express reported on Saturday 28th January 1905 that the Castell Coch Inn was demolished the previous day, despite protests from the tenants. The Inn was removed following an Act of Parliament for the construction of the railway between Cardiff and Pontypridd. This work also affected 30 cottages in the village. Mr and Mrs ... more...
Castell Coch postcard front Postcards from Tongwynlais – Part 9 - I’m going to finish 2019 with another postcard from the collection. This is a favourite image of mine and I have several cards featuring it. This particular example was posted on August 3rd 1906. The date isn’t clear but the stamp features Edward VII, who was king from 1901 to 1910. This is one of ... more...
View North to Castell Coch above Tongwynlais. February 1972 Mary Gillham’s Tongwynlais – Part 2 - I discovered some photos of Tongwynlais and Castell Coch from the “Mary Gillham Archive Project” back in 2016. The project volunteers have been adding some really great shots over the last couple of years. In this instalment I’m pleased to share some great photos from the 1970s and 1980s. All photos are from the Mary Gillham Archive Project. ... more...
Black and white photo of Castell Coch with scratches Ffair Ton - FFAIR TON By Mrs. Elwyn James. I spent much of my time in holidays out on the hillside, as far from the Inn as possible, in case Susie should call me to help with the daily tasks that befitted a small girl of my position. It was ever a delight to smell the bracken and ... more...
War memorial in St Michael's Church, Tongwynlais Tongwynlais War Memorial - 2018 marked the centenary of the 1st World War and the inter-war period saw the creation of many local memorials to those who served. I visited St Michael’s Church to take a look at the tribute, which was presented to the community just over 100 years ago. The memorial tablet was unveiled by Mrs Lewis ... more...